October is San Jacinto Heritage Month!

The San Jacinto Unified School District, in partnership with City of San Jacinto, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce and the San Jacinto Education Foundation, invites the community to attend an inaugural San Jacinto Heritage Festival at the landmark Francisco Estudillo Mansion (150 S. Dillon Avenue, San Jacinto, California) on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 “The emphasis of the event is to celebrate the rich heritage of San Jacinto and share historical facts and highlight events and businesses that shaped our community,” explained John I. Norman, SJUSD’s Board President.  “So many of our schools are named after historic persons from the valley, and we want to ensure the kids know why,” Norman continued.

The grounds around the Estudillo Mansion will be filled with school site/club booths, showcasing their heritage along with fun activities for the community guests and families to participate in from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Food booths with some throw-back prices will be open and youth performances are scheduled for the stage before the last activity of viewing a family movie on an outdoor screen from the comfort of lawn chairs or picnic blankets everyone is encouraged to bring.

Earlier in the day, the San Jacinto Rotary Club is hosting a Bocce Ball Tournament on the grounds (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).  The San Jacinto High School FFA will prepare their famous tri-tip barbeque for sandwiches to be sold during the event, and the Mansion and museum will be open for regular tours.

Winners of the 4th and 5th grade essay contests at each elementary school will be announced, along with the 'best theme-decorated booth' prize winner.

No entry fee to attend the event and free parking all along the venue.  Forms for the Bocce Ball contest are available for printing.

For more information about event participation or submitting registration forms for the San Jacinto Rotary Bocce Ball tournament, contact Dawn Lawrence, SJUSD Communications, (951) 929-7700 x4411 or dlawrence@sanjacinto.k12.ca.us.